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It looks like Samsung might be in some hot water over its flagship Galaxy S7 smartphone, with some reports stating that after gaming for around 15 minutes, the Galaxy S7 loses 25% of its performance. Overheating could be the issue, which is something that NordicHardware looked into.
Their report states that the SoC performance gets throttled and is forced to reduce its clock speed when the temperature of the chip rises, leaning to rumors that the Exynos 8890 and its 14nm FinFET LPP process might not be perfect. During some 3DMark SlingShot benchmarking, the Galaxy S7 runs at 38C, and over five rounds, the performance begins to fall right off of a cliff.
There are two different Galaxy S7 smartphones in the market, one with the Exynos 8890 processor and another with the Snapdragon 820. If you're purchasing the one with Samsung's own Exynos 8890, you might experience these performance-related problems. Samsung should hopefully come out and address this in the near future.
Amazon surprised the world with its impressive Echo device, a personal voice assistant that has made waves - so much so, that Google is reportedly working on a device very similar, according to The Verge.
Considering Google owns connected thermostat and smoke detector company Nest, it will most likely leverage its $3.2 billion acquisition to better combat the Amazon Echo. The rumors have Nest wanting to work on an Echo-like product, but Google dismissed the idea, as it was working on its own. Nest has been struggling to expand on its product line since Google acquired the company in early 2014.
Google making an Echo-like product makes total sense, especially with its powerful Google Now service - involving Nest into this, would make sense - so I don't understand why this wouldn't happen. Google, what's going on?
Sony isn't finished restructuring their PlayStation brand it seems. The latest move by the Japanese company has formed a new division that's sole focus is to bring back PlayStation-esque gaming to the mobile space.
The idea, it seems, is to be able to provide full-fledged console-type gaming with complex character interactions and an overarching narrative to mobile phones, tablets and any other mobile or connected devices. The wording even suggests making another app to act as a hub for those experiences. It also suggests that this will be, again, limited to their own devices. It looks like they're ready to re-enter this arena again, and with a whole new strategy.
Of course this is well after the actual PlayStation mobile app, which contained targeted and optimized games and was available only on certain Sony handheld devices, has been shut down. This seems to be another effort to expand past the PlayStation Vita and into a broad mobile strategy, something that Nintendo has opted to do as well. One would hope that they would extend the compatibility to include more than just Sony branded devices, maybe even having soft requirements to play certain games to ensure that the best experience is had. It's likely that they've re-evaluated their stance after reviewing the popularity of even the Kim Kardashian game and other segments.
There was an unexpected outcry when the iPhone started growing in diagonal size. The smaller, and original(ish) 4" screen was sorely missed. Apple has heard those cries of anguish and have revived that particular size as the iPhone SE. But it definitely isn't the iPhone 5C of this generation.
Inside the new phone are flagship level parts, with the full A9 and M9 chips found in the 6S. The only difference is the smaller Retina screen. The camera around back is also the same 12MP one featured in the 6S, 6S Plus and the recently announced 9.7-inch iPad Pro. That means this small phone is capable of 4K video and can produce slow-motion video at up to 240FPS.
NFC is also supported so you can use Apple Pay or any other NFC related app that can make use of it. For other connectivity, you'll have faster LTE support but only single-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi support. Missing from the spec sheet is 3D touch, however. You'll be able to pre-order the iPhone SE on March 24th and they'll show up in stock on March 31st. The iPone SE will be priced at $399 for 16GB and $499 for 64GB of storage.
Apple's "Loop you in" event just finished up in Cupertino today, the last one in this particular amphitheater, and it was full of updates to their mobile line. The newest member of the iPad family was announced, firmly taking the spot in the line that's slotted directly before the larger iPad Pro yet after the current iPad Air 2.
This iteration is almost exactly the same as it's big brother with the same A9X chipset, 4 speaker audio setup and Apple Pencil compatibility. The screen has a resolution of 2048x1536 with full DCI-P3 color gamut support. From the video, it looks like it's actually calibrated individually at the factory, so it should prove to have accurate color rendition out of the box.
Apple has added something they're calling True Tone display to the screen, which uses a set of 2, four channel, ambient light sensors to change the color temperature of the screen based on the ambient light around you. The screen borrows similar IGZO and the custom timing controller from the larger iPad Pro and is capable of a whopping 500 nits of brightness.
One of the great things about the Internet is you can watch other people risk the well-being of their expensive devices instead of you doing it yourself. That's what's happening with the video below from YouTuber Max Lee, who throws the Galaxy S7 in an LG washing machine to test just how waterproof it really is. Turns out: very.
The phone is put through a full 45 minute cycle, so it's rigorous testing to be sure; a VRS Design Crystal Mixx case was used purely to prevent scratches.
If you own a Kindle, then you need to update it to the latest version of software as soon as possible. Otherwise you may not be able to use it anymore. Well, you won't be able to use it as a proper e-reading device connected to Amazon's cloud services, or access the store, or do much of anything with it seems.
Amazon is making some changes that require this update in order to continue normal operations, which is not fun for anyone, though the update process is a fairly simple one. Though you'll have to update via the approved avenue for doing so, either via Wi-Fi or Wireless if you happen to have those radios available. It seems to really only apply to any Kindle that was made prior to 2013, however. They're quite serious about needing to update, though.
"If you do not update your device by March 22, 2016, you will receive the following message on your device: Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again. If you see this message on your device on or after March 22, you will need to manually install the latest software update for your device."
The latest in Apple's iPhone 6s ad series is likely the funniest yet. It features none other than Cookie Monster, who is using hands-free Siri functionality -- the timer and music playback, specifically -- for cookie baking purposes. Topping it off is the brilliant song choice of Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle. See for yourself below.
The other 11 videos in the series as well as other iPhone videos can be viewed here.
If you didn't already know, Samsung has launched their new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, as well as the refreshed Gear VR - and well, they have three new ads that star Lil Wayne and Wesley Snipes.
In the ads, Lil Wayne is using the Galaxy S7 while he deliberately pours champagne all over it, and then dunks it into a fish tank. In the second video, Wesley Snipes proves his acting chops by saying "cool" and then extends his range considerably more, by saying "very cool".
In the third ad, Lil Wayne helps give birth to a baby elephant - yeah, that happens.
Save the date, March 21st marks a new Apple event where they want to "loop us in" with the latest in innovations and products. And just what could those be?
We're expecting a number of different new things to pop-up, but of course the reality is that only one or two of these predictions are likely to come true, if at all. High on that list is the resurgence of a new 4" iPhone device. the iPhone SE as well as a smaller version of the iPad Pro, likely in a 9.7-inch chassis that mirrors the current iPad Air, but with force touch and pen support. Supposedly we'll also see new Apple Watch bands too, ones that are more durable and add a bit more flair. Because, why not.
And of course final versions of the next major steps in the OS's for the various iOS and OSX devices should be revealed as well. We're up to iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, watchOS 2.2 and OSX 10.11.4. What else is in store? Usually we see bigger and larger devices make their way into the stable, but we hope that this event is one that focuses on the refinement of the brand instead.